Out, About & Around the County
Taming of the Shrew plays Sonoma
The Avalon Player's Shakespeare Under the Stars will take place Aug. 14-17 and 21-24, in the form of the oft-adapted comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Buena Vista Winery will host the production in an outdoor courtyard setting, with picnicking starting at 6 p.m. and the shows beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per ticket. VIP tables are also available via the Avalon Players website.
Info: www.sonomashakespeare.com. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma.
What is a “realistic” picture? When does a painting seem deeply resonant of the real world? Or tap into our sense of lived reality? Artists have long grappled with these questions, which continue to drive the explorations of many painters today. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents “Realism, really? Today's Contemporary Realists,” a selection of California artists who focus on diverse aspects of realism in their work: Chester Arnold, Guy Diehl, F. Scott Hess, Marina Moevs, Douglas Fenn Wilson, and Jeong Im Yi. The show runs now through Oct. 26.
Info: 939-7862, www.svma.org. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.
Paws for a Cause
A summer evening is a perfect excuse to celebrate Pets Lifeline, a refuge for pets and a resource for people. The Paws for a Cause fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Vintage Kennel Club, and will feature wine and hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, live music, and dancing to Ten Foot Tone.
Info: 996-4577, ext. 110, www.petslifeline.org. 22071 Bonness Road, Sonoma.
The Sonoma County Bicycle Expo is all things bike! Produced by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, this free celebration of bicycling returns to downtown Santa Rosa on Sunday, Aug. 17, for its fifth straight year, with new features, excellent food and drink, and bicycles designed for mountain, road and kids use. There will be games and competitions, and vendors offering new and used bikes, parts, gear, clothing and accessories.
Info: 545-0153, www.sonomacountybikeexpo.com. 5th St. between B St. and Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
SRJC holds '50s Reunion
The Santa Rosa Junior College Alumni and Friends Association will host a reunion for the classes of the 1950s, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. The reunion will gather SRJC alumni who graduated between 1950 and 1959. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Bertolini Student Center at SRJC's Santa Rosa campus. Activities will include a brief presentation of SRJC and Sonoma County through the years, writing an autobiography, and a social activity entitled “Memory Lane.” Tickets are $40 and daily parking permits are available for $4.
Info: 527-4733, www.santarosa.edu/foundation. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa mayor speaks to tax group
The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association will hold a luncheon meeting at the Fountaingrove Inn on Aug. 21. City of Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley will discuss the annexation of Roseland into Santa Rosa and the challenges and opportunities presented. Cost for the lunch is $25 for members and $30 for all others and at the door.
RSVP: 481-1089, email@example.com. Info: www.sonomacountytaxpayers.org. 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa.
Writing tips - from start to finish
Learn writing tips and tools to begin, finish and edit your manuscript at the two-hour workshop “Paths to Publication: An Overview,” hosted by the Redwood Writers. The second half will focus on two avenues of publication - the exciting world of self-publishing, as well as the classic world of traditional publishing. Speaker Jennifer Lynn Alvarez is a fantasy fiction author who writes middle-grade fiction. Her upcoming books include The Guardian Herd. The forum will take place on Aug. 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Petaluma Community Center. Cost is $10 at the door.
Info: www.thewritespot.us. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
Funny Girl at 6th Street Playhouse
Funny Girl, opening Aug. 22 and running through Sept. 14, centers on the real life star of the American stage and screen, Fanny Brice. Originally brought to life and made famous on Broadway and film by Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl encompasses every vital ingredient of the great American musical: a beautiful score, drama, and gut-busting comedy.
Info: 523-4185, www.6thstreetplayhouse.com. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.
It's all about the dirt
The Sonoma County Master Gardener Workshop series continues with “Soil: Life Underground,” on Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Petaluma Regional Library. Master Gardener Bonita Morgan will discuss the importance of rich, fertile soil for growing all plants. Included in the discussion is information on how to create and maintain this fertile soil.
Info: 565-2608, www.sonomamastergardeners.org. 100 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.
Charged Particles create electric jazz
On Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., during the final day of the Friends of Sonoma Valley Library Summer Book Sale, the library will host the Bay Area jazz trio, Charged Particles. Charged Particles crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create vital new sounds in the electric jazz arena. Keyboardist Murray Low, electric bassist Aaron Germain, and drummer Jon Krosmick make up this cutting-edge trio. Their repertoire blends jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, funk and more.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.
Fashion show in Sonoma
Vintage Sonoma Senior Living and Chico's clothing store will host their annual fashion show on Saturday, Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chico's and Vintage Sonoma are working together to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, and will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds. Cost of the show is $35. There will be a raffle, prizes, and lunch. RSVP by Aug. 21.
Info: 509-3898. 91 Napa Road, Sonoma.
Redwood Writers Open Mic
The Redwood Writers will host their monthly Open Mic Reading on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at Gaia's Garden restaurant. The featured readers are Thonie Hevron, writing about life “behind the badge,” and Dr. Richard Perce, an equine veterinarian. All interested writers are invited to sign up to read during the second half.
Info: www.redwoodwriters.org. 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.
Sip in the starlight
Kick off the Labor Day weekend - and Sonoma County Wine Weekend - on Aug. 29 at the Sonoma Starlight event at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Enjoy an evening of world-class wines, delicious cuisine, live music by Pop Fiction, and other entertainment. Sonoma County Chefs Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the girl & the fig will create the evening's seasonally inspired menu, accompanied by wines presented by 25 Sonoma County wineries. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 (general) and $150 (reserve). Sonoma County Wine Weekend runs Aug. 29-31 at various Wine Country venues.
Info: SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville.
Indulge in Taste of Sonoma
Wine Country Weekend's flagship event, Taste of Sonoma, will take place on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at MacMurray Estate Vineyards in Healdsburg. The event celebrates the quality and diversity of Sonoma County wines with informative and entertaining wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, the famed Sonoma Steel Chef competition, and more. More than 200 wineries will be on hand, and more than 60 local chefs will whip up divine pairings. Enjoy the Bubble Lounge, where sparkling wines complement a series of delectable bites, or stroll through the Sonoma County Marketplace and get a glimpse of the high-quality, artisanal ingredients local chefs use every day. Tickets are $165 (general), $195 (Grand Reserve).
Info: sonomawinecountryweekend.com/events/taste-of-sonoma/. 9015 Westside Road, Healdsburg.
The genius of Billy Wilder
Immerse yourself in the cinematic genius of Billy Wilder's mythic storytelling, dark comedy, social commentary, and elegant visual style in a six-week class at Santa Rosa Junior College. Study, watch, and discuss Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, Ace in the Hole, Some Like it Hot, and The Apartment. Explore the art, technique, and archetypal and symbolic language of movies through a blend of film studies, psychology, and cultural anthropology. Simply cinephile heaven! Six Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Info: portal.santarosa.edu/CommunityEducation or email@example.com. 1691 Emeritus Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.